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1. Jeta. A prince. Owner of Jetavana, which he sold to Anāthapindika for eighteen crores. He then spent all that money on the erection of a gateway at the entrance, which he decorated with much grandeur (See Jetavana).

Jeta is generally referred to as Jeta-Kumāra. According to the northern records he was the son of Pasenadi by the Ksatriya princess Varsikā (Rockhill: 48, n.1).

He was killed by his half-brother Vidudabha for refusing to help him in his slaughter of the Sākiyans (Ibid., 121).

Several explanations (MA.i.50; UdA.56; KhpA.111, etc.) are given of his name: he was so-called either

  • (1) because he conquered his enemies, or
  • (2) because he was born at a time when the king had overcome his enemies, or
  • (3) because such a name was considered auspicious for him (mangalakāmyatāya).

2. Jeta. A Pacceka Buddha. M.iii.70.


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